The Botswana Karate Association (BOKA) affiliates are expected to go into their weekend Annual General Meeting as a divided lot.
Despite recent international successes including the 2016 Zone 6 championship, the association is said to be at loggerheads as influential BOKA members are currently in a raging war for control of the national karate governing body. According to highly placed sources, BOKA elders are wrestling for control of the association and the association skeletons are expected to tumble at the elective AGM scheduled for The Big 5 Lodge in Mogoditshane this Saturday.
At the centre of the controversy is the shocking return of presidential candidate Tshepo Bathai, the former BOKA president who was unceremoniously ousted some two years ago, after affiliates tabled a motion of no confidence following poor performance from his executive committee.
“What is surprising is that the same af filiates who tabled a motion of no confidence against Bathai are the ones that are backing him to win the presidency,” a highly-placed source said this week. “Bathai will be contesting against Mpho Bakwadi for the presidency and he has a realistic chance of winning given that BOKA elders have thrown their weight behind him.”
Sources say there are two powerful BOKA elders who have been involved in a raging political Kumite and they are willing to do anything to frustrate one another at the expense of athletes. “One of these forces is driving Bathai’s campaign and once he (Bathai) takes power, these individual will be pulling the strings.
The problem with BOKA and local sports federations in general is that people put personal interest ahead of development.” Sources say BOKA consists of two powerful confederations being Hayashi Ha and Kofukan as these clubs provide just fewer than 90 percent of national team athletes. However, this internal wrangling results in smaller federations taking over BOKA.
“It is surprising that BOKA has not secured a big sponsor given the results we have been bringing from international games. Smaller and less successful sport codes have found more success secure sponsor while BOKA has only medals to show their success.” The source was quick to point out that BOKA elders who are often praised with helping to build the associations are to blame for the lack of success in bringing corporate companies on board.
Among burning issues on the BOKA agenda will be the amended clauses in the constitution and the elections for a new executive committee. The AGM will see Lere Basupang taking on Sam Dire for the position of Vice President Admin while Union Kgafela will be unopposed for the position of Vice President Technical.
Kgosietsile Dibotelo will face Phineous Motseolapile for the Secretary general post while Bose Caiphus will face Pule Kwelagobe for vice secretary general. The position of secretary general will pit Kemmonye Seletamotse against Mothusi Tsime while Isaiah Ramontshonyana is unopposed for public relations officer.
New GU Stadium Excites Mochudi based soccer rivals
Officials at Mochudi village’s biggest soccer clubs Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Mochudi Rovers are excited at the news that their district will soon have a state of the art football stadium after property and construction magnate Nicholas Zackhem announced the erection of the facility for Gaborone United.
Zackhem, owner and director of Zac Construction, revealed recently to this publication that a football stadium would be built in Bokaa village at a cost of P70 million, with the hope that all phases will be completed by 2025.
Edwin Mothulatshipi, Chairman of Centre Chiefs, as well as Mochudi Rovers’ Chairman Sugar Molefhe both spoke to The Midweek Sun on what the construction of the stadium means for their respective clubs. Both admit they would jump at the opportunity to use the facility for their official matches, and based on what Gaborone United financier Zackhem has shared with The Midweek Sun, it will not be difficult for all the other clubs based around the area to use the facility. TO READ THE COMPLETE STORY, BUY THIS WEEK’S EDITION (11 August 2021) OF THE MIDWEEK SUN AT A STORE NEAR YOU.
Local hockey body to incur massive financial loss post Covid-19
Botswana Hockey Association (BHA) President Unaswi Matebu has confessed that her Association will suffer major financial losses post the Covid 19 pandemic that has left the sport fraternity at a standstill.
Matebu recently told this publication that the current situation does not only have tremendous effects on their schedule, but also there will be financial implications more especially that the association does not have full time sponsors.
“We had to cancel most of our calendar activities such as tournaments, national team trainings, Board meetings, and club activities since mid-March this year, all of which have cost us money to prepare for,” Matebu remarked in an interview.
Additionally she said the planning phase for their 5-year Development Plan which was supposed to be launched in June will have to be postponed. Also there are national competitions that were postponed till further notice despite them having already set up teams and having already started preparing.
“Our Indoor Hockey Senior National teams had already started preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations – a World Cup qualifier – that was supposed to be held in June, 2020, in South Africa. Our Field Hockey Senior National teams had already begun preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers that were supposed to be held in August, 2020 in Zimbabwe,” she added.
Moreover, it was going to be an excessively detailed and decorated year for local hockey governing body, with the Youth National teams having already began preparations for the Africa Youth Championships that were billed for September, 2020, in Ghana.
“Player conditioning has obviously been affected because athletes are currently not training as planned and what we had achieved so far might go to waste. We are only hoping that the Continental and World Hockey governing bodies will give us enough time to prepare for these competitions post the pandemic.”